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Catch cult classics and new releases under the stars this summer

Lido on the Roof

Melbourne’s newest screen is a rooftop cinema complete with a separate bar, headphones, stunning views and access to burger geniuses Huxtaburger downstairs. Strap yourself in for the long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hawthorn.

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema

Ice cream, beer and golden sun and sand; are there better accoutrements for your summer cinema caper? Highlights include The Martian (Wed Dec 9) The Dressmaker (Mon Dec 14), and a 20th anniversary screening of Clueless (Wed Dec 16). St Kilda.

Coburg Drive-In

Make like a teenager of the 1950s and lie back on your car windscreen at Melbourne’s favourite drive-in cinema. You can roll on in, order your food from the retro diner via text message and enjoy brand new flicks. Coburg.

Moonlight Cinema

Bat silhouettes streak the evening sky as the screen of Moonlight Cinema inflates over the lake at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Bring your mum, your mates or even your mutt. Expect new releases as well as plenty of retro favourites. South Yarra.

Rooftop Cinema

The crowning jewel of Curtin House is Rooftop Cinema – home of super-comfy deck chairs, top-notch cocktails and the best 360-degree city views around. Kick off with a Thai feast at Cookie downstairs, then settle in for an indie classic, illuminating doco or new release. Melbourne.

Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema

Inside the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent you're flanked by convent walls – eerily up-lit in blue and purple – with towering spires overhead. Before the film begins, you're treated to 20 minutes of locally made shorts and music videos. The program has been known to feature anything from music docos to horror films to hard-to-find new releases. Abbotsford.

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Updated on 17 Nov 2015.

By Rose Johnstone & Timothy Newport   |  

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